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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, May 21, 2001

Trade Winds

Advertiser Staff

• LORRAINE H. AKIBA, former director of the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, was one of two new members elected to the board of directors of the Hawai'i Medical Service Association at its 63rd annual membership meeting this month. Akiba is a partner in the law firm of McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon and is active with the state Judicial Salary Commission.

ROCHELLE LEE GREGSON, director of programs for the Hawai'i Community Foundation, was elected to the board of directors of the Hawai'i Medical Service Association. She is former vice president of Allocations, Agency Relations and Community Building for Aloha United Way, and is involved with the Operation Weed and Seed steering committee.

• DORIS OHARA, former director of client services for Human Resources Solutions, one of the AIG Hawai'i Insurance Co. Inc. family of companies, has been promoted to director of human resources and administration for AIG Hawai'i and affiliate, Hawai'i Insurance Consultants.

In other promotions, JEANNE BARRETT, former company assistant human resources manager, moved up to human resources manager, and JAMES SHARP,became training and education manager.

• Former state deputy attorney general LESTER G.L. WONG has been named president of First Hawai'i Title Corp., replacing CHARLES Y. KANESHIRO, who remains on staff as special adviser. Wong most recently, in private practice, served as legal counsel to the company. BRADFORD K. ISHIDA was named vice president and will continue to serve as title manager and chief title officer for the firm.

• CLIFFORD TONG, chief executive officer of Diverse Strategies, a California management consulting firm specializing in high-tech startups, has been named to the board of directors for Finance Factors Ltd. Before starting his own firm, Tong had also worked for IBM, the University of California, the Small Business Administration and the Federal Trade Commission.

• ROBERT DOERINGER has been hired as business development manager for the Honolulu office of accounting and managerial consulting firm GRANT THORNTON, heading sales and marketing efforts. Most recently, Doeringer was senior client representative at IBM's Honolulu office for 25 years.

• CARL "NAHUA" MAUNAKEA has been named director of risk management and insurance for Outrigger Enterprises Inc., parent company of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts and OHANA Hotels of Hawai'i.

• Hawaiian Host Inc., manufacturer of Hawaiian Host Chocolates, has named JEANNE W. HIROSHIGE human resources manager and JOYCE GEPITULAN quality control supervisor.

• The architectural design firm AM Partners Inc. has announced several hirings and promotions:

GORDON S. WOOD, formerly a city Department of Planning and Permitting project manager, has joined the firm in Honolulu in the same capacity.

DOUGLAS KURTH is moving from project manager to the post of associate in the firm's architecture division.

ROLAND D. LIBBY, former deputy director of the city Department of Design and Construction, has joined the company as Honolulu-based design associate, with a focus on project management and design. Libby is also a former vice president at Aotani & Associates.

HONG ZHANG has joined the firm as China-based associate and project architect.

• American Savings Bank has announced two promotions from assistant vice president to vice president: LARRY ISHII, also corporate banking relationship officer, and GAIL NAKAMA, also business banking officer.

• Castle & Cooke Homes Hawai'i Inc. has announced the appointment and promotion, respectively, of EMETERIO O. DOMINGO JR. and SHERMAN WONG, to project managers. Domingo is charged with coordination of Castle & Cooke's residential project developments. Wong will serve as liaison at community forums, evaluating and developing prospective residential projects and special projects.

• With an eye on capturing the developing sports travel market, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has named MICHELE NAGAMINE, a former director of the National Soccer Academy, to the newly created position of director of sports. Nagamine is currently The Kamehameha Schools' girls varsity soccer head coach. Her primary focus within the visiting sports groups travel market will be Outrigger's new 'Ohana brand of hotel properties.

Advertising firms:

• NOELLE BAKER has been promoted to senior vice president and management supervisor for Starr Seigle Advertising. She had been vice president and account supervisor.

• Myers Advertising Inc. has named IVETTE GUTARRA creative director, overseeing the agency's art studio, and HOLLY KANEKO, new production manager.

• ADWorks has hired LAURA MARUYAMA as senior account executive; ROBYN MORIYAMA, also senior account executive; and TAMARA TOM, as graphic designer.